Are you a breastfeeding mother who worries about how you can continue to provide the best nutrition for your baby because you are also working for the family? Should you just stop providing the precious nutrient you yourself can give with your breast milk? Worry no-more as there is an alternative way to continue providing breast milk even when you’re not around with your baby. Introducing... Cup Feeding! Exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of the baby is a must and continued breastfeeding is still the best for them from six months to two years and beyond. If the baby can’t latch to the breast, cup feeding is recommended. Cup feeding is an alternative way if a baby can’t latch to the breast and needs to be given some milk. It can also be used for supplementing a baby who is not getting enough milk and a baby who is separated from his/her mother for a while.

According to the World Health Organization’s infant feeding recommendation, a cup feeding is a safer method than a feeding bottle and teat. The following are the advantages of cup feeding:

1. Better oxygen saturation and heart rate.

A premature baby can feed at his own pace which may improve his oxygen saturation and heart rate making him more physiologically stable.

2. Cup feeding may help preserve breastfeeding by avoiding bottles.

Studies show cup feeding premature babies instead of using bottles can increase the number of babies who breastfeed and increase the length of time they breastfeed.

3. Cup feeding can prepare a baby for breastfeeding.

Feeding technique (use of muscles) while cup feeding is thought to be closer to breastfeeding than using a bottle and may help prepare a baby for breastfeeding, it encourages the tongue to come forward for lapping/sipping.

4. Open cups are easily available, inexpensive and very easy to clean.

Using the cup feeding is easy to clean especially in poor areas or during emergencies compared with using teats, bottles or feeding tubes.

5. Sustainable for very young babies.

Cup feeding can begin as early as 29 weeks gestational age.

In the absence of a breastfeeding mother, there are times a mother will think of other ways to provide milk to her baby. For better nourishment of babies, breastfeed them. If you can’t breastfeed then cup feed. Cup feeding may be a hassle for some but it is safe and easy once knew. It is more convenient and more beneficial for babies. It’s normal to be concerned for the welfare of your offspring. Don’t you ever think of other methods. Ask your breastfeeding counselor for the advice!

NO I Zhalimar A. Jakaria-Patulada



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